A little writing

It’s nothing earth shattering, but it all counts. I’ve managed around 5400 words in the last two days. I took this week off, mostly because I deserve it.

We didn’t do much of anything during the holiday other than watch the prequels to Yellowstone. I never had much interest in the main series, but Sam Elliot and Harrison Ford have some draw for me. These were good, and I’ll try to keep up with the Ford/Mirin version as the new episodes drop.

Old What’s Her Face returned to work yesterday, so I cracked open my manuscript. I only have Mari’s swamp story going right now and need another one to balance things out. I decided not to start something else until I finish this one.

Most of those new words came today. I’d stopped at a tough point to get going again, but muscled through it yesterday. Today I had one difficult trial for Mari to get through, but it blossomed into so much more that I had to keep going.

She wound up closing the gap on the men she’s following, but got trapped on a crumbling bridge at night. No food, no water, and no grazing for her animals. The bridge isn’t trustworthy in daylight, so it’s deadly at night.

For whatever reason, she took some injuries and I left her trying to heal up where the animals could drink and feed. I think it turned out to be a pretty decent section.

With holiday leave included, I don’t have to return to the office until next Tuesday. I might even be able to finish Mari’s story, but am not counting on that. This one needs a bigger denouement than some of my others and I’m not going to rush just to get done.

At some point, I’m going to have to do some serious editing. I have the Space Chimp story, one for Lizzie and the hat, and Mari’s story that will need some attention.

This needs to get done, so that will be my task after I finish this draft.

I’m finding some neat things to include using Google Maps. This is a post apocalyptic tale, so ruins of those places can make it into my stories. I had her stop at the Stennis Space Center, but need to flesh it out a bit more.

There is a cool dinosaur park just ahead of her. The kind with a trail that has Dino-statues in the forest. It isn’t a day away from where she is so I might have to miss that one. Her mission won’t allow her to slow down and goof off without a good reason. She would pass it around noon and wouldn’t normally stop. Including it might feel kind of forced. I know of one thing that might work to include it, but need to sleep on that.

I’ll get back to the manhunt tomorrow.

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21 responses to “A little writing

  1. Great work! It feels good to make that much progress. As for the Dino park, could the people she’s after go through there and she just has to follow?

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  2. Sounds like a productive writing session. Yes, the dreaded edits must come sometime.

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  3. Good work! You’ll get it done, and done right.

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  4. Yay! Don’t you love it when a scene blossoms into even more? I’m glad you’re powering through Mari’s story instead of starting something new. Good luck on finishing the first draft, even if it’s not over your break. Might be nice to have lots of edits to do while you play with ideas for what you want to work on next.

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  5. Congrats on the progress. Google maps is a lot of fun to use when writing a post-apocalyptic story. It was my main tool for the Bedlam stories. I used to randomly zoom in on sections of a state and check towns for strange traditions/facts. I’d do that while plotting the route and it would give me ideas for encounters and strangeness to add to the world. It was probably more fun than the actual writing.

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  6. Victoria Zigler

    Glad you had a productive writing session. Hope you can get a few more of those in before you have to go back to work.

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  7. So glad you got some time away from the workplace, Craig. Sounds like your story is making great strides. It is unusual for you to only have one story going, although, for me, it is the norm. I don’t think I have what it takes to work on more than one at a time and keep them all straight. Kudos to you!! Looking forward to anything new from you!

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  8. Well done, Craig.I finished the first drat of The Creeping Change and am nearly done with Lion Scream too.

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  9. Congratulations on the writing progress, Craig. It’s always great to make that kind of progress. You sound inspired!

    I am 2-3 scenes away from finishing a novella, and am considering publishing my two finished novels in 2023. It’s kind of nice to have stories in the hopper.

    Happy New Year!

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    • I’m all set up for that, too. I want to push them through AutoCrit and need two machines for that. I can use the Mac, then make corrections on the iPad. If I start something else, it will take me away from the edits and I need to focus on those.

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  10. You got a lot accomplished. Happy holidays.

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